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David Kishik is the author of To Imagine a Form of Life, a series of paraphilosophical books:

Volume 1, To Imagine a Language, is an examination of the axis around which Ludwig Wittgenstein's evolving thought turns.

Volume 2, The Coming Politics, is a fragmentary investigation of the unitary power behind Giorgio Agamben's work.

Volume 3, A Theory of a City, is an imaginary sequel to Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, set in twentieth-century New York.

Volume 4, On the Rest of the World, is a radical rereading of the opening chapters of Genesis, refitted for a post-secular world.

Volume 5, Notes to a Schizoid Self, is a work of autophilosophy that can be read as either the preface or postface of the complete series.

Kishik translated, from Italian, two of Agamben's essay collections: Nudities and What Is an apparatus?.

Some of his shorter pieces appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lapham's Quarterly3:A.M. MagazinePublic Seminar, and Alaxon (in Hebrew).

David also performed in Paramodernities, Netta Yerushalmy's series of dance lectures. 

Previously he was a fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.

At Emerson he received the Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Huret Award for Faculty Excellence.

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  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2013


B.A., Haifa University
Ph.D., New School for Social Research